The Turkish language has become increasingly more popular within the last 20 years and here are some of the reasons why you should consider learning it:
Gateway to 200 million speakers
The Turkish language belongs to one of the primary language families of the world called the Turkic language family. Turkic languages have a total of more than 200 million speakers and they are spoken in a wide geographical area that spans from Eastern Europe all the way to China.
Even though there are some differences among these languages, learning Turkish would be a great start for understanding other Turkic languages. Moreover, many Turkic speakers understand and speak Turkish these days thanks to the popularity of Turkish TV channels in Turkic speaking countries. Thus, learning Turkish opens the door to a vast territory of significant geopolitical importance from Eastern Europe to China.
Not surprisingly, the U.S. State Department designated Turkish as one of the critical languages and Turkish speakers have a significant competitive advantage in the U.S. Foreign Service Officer Test.
“Learning Turkish opens the door to a vast territory from Eastern Europe to all the way to China with more than 200 million speakers”
Turkey: A geopolitical powerhouse
Turkey is an economic and geopolitical powerhouse that serves as a bridge between East and West. It has the second-largest army in NATO and the 19th largest economy in the world. Besides being a major trading partner with the European Union for a long time, its booming economy and young skilled workforce have made Turkey an important regional player between Europe and Asia in the last two decades. Thus, learning Turkish may certainly provide new business and job opportunities.
Turkey: Top sixth global travel destination
Turkey has everything to offer to its visitors, from an ancient rich history and a breath-taking landscape to the warm hospitality of her people and world-renowned rich cuisine. With a 12,000-year-old history, this land has witnessed some of the most prominent civilizations of the world, from the Hittites to the Urartians, the Romans to the Byzantines, and the Seljuks to the Ottomans.
This is exactly why today’s Turkey is a unique blend of modern and old, and East and West with her rich and diverse history. This is also exactly why it is one of the top international travel destinations in the world.
Sadly, English is not widely spoken in Turkey. Thus, learning some Turkish would be your key to immersing yourself in the local culture and having a unique experience with the local people. It will also make your life easier, especially if you venture out of the main tourist areas.
Whether you want to live there or just visit the country for a couple of weeks, speaking some Turkish would make a huge difference in terms of your experience with the local people. Turks are generally warm and hospitable people and they adore foreigners, who make an attempt to speak their language.
Please check out our Turkey post for more information on Turkey and Turkish culture.
A fun language with a distinct structure
Turkish is a fun language with a distinct grammar structure. It is regular and very logical. Once you understand its logic, it becomes very straightforward and easy.
It is also a phonetic language and uses the Latin alphabet. In other words, you can learn the Turkish letters/sounds in a couple of hours and pronounce everything perfectly afterward. Because of all these reasons, Turkish is much easier to learn than most non-Latin-based languages such as Russian, Arabic, and Chinese. Indeed, many people take our Turkish classes in NYC just because of its distinct and fun structure. We have also recently started offering conversation-focused and highly interactive online classes that anyone can take from anywhere in the world.